MD Buyline thanks medical imaging professionals everywhere during National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW) which runs from November 4-10. Originally the observance was held in July but was moved to November where it more appropriately aligns with the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen on November 8, 1895. NRTW is sponsored by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) which has been doing so since the inaugural celebration in 1979.
Radiology professionals across the nation celebrate this year’s theme: “It’s What’s Inside That Counts.” Radiologic technologists take their profession quite seriously and work hard every day to acquire the best radiographic images with the lowest possible radiation dose to the patient. These individuals are also passionate by nature as it takes someone special to calm and comfort anxious patients, engage their cooperation in the diagnostic imaging exam and also work closely with the Radiologists and referring Physicians in the mission to provide high quality patient care.
As Radiology and associated technologies have evolved tremendously over the years, many sub segments have been born out of this evolution such as CT, MRI, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Women’s Health and Radiation Therapy. A great number of the technologists working in these specialty areas all began in a Radiologic Technology program and went on to become staff radiographers performing X-rays and assisting with fluoroscopic procedures before training in these special modalities.
NRTW also hits close to home for some of our MD Buyline clinical analysts. Beverly Schierer, Loretta Loncoske, Rachael Bennett, Jamie Dildy and myself all spent time working in the general Radiography department for quite some time prior to cross training in CT, MRI, Interventional Procedures and Radiation Therapy.
The ASRT website, known as a wealth of resources for Radiology personnel, also posed an online NTRW Challenge question what I thought was noteworthy of sharing: “Why did Roentgen choose the name X-Ray?” The answer being that X-ray was chosen because X is the symbol for unknown in Math and Science.
Hats off to our nation’s Radiology professionals! Enjoy your week and thank you for the integral role you play within the healthcare industry.